Former Premier League manager Neil Warnock described on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT what he sees as the main problem for Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood in terms of attracting a certain calibre of player.
Sherwood has been handed a situation he would have been desperate to avoid with holes in all areas of his squad, as key players have decided that they see their futures away from Villa Park.
It’s going to be very difficult for Sherwood to replace the likes of Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke, because Warnock feels direct alternatives in terms of quality will be put off from joining the side.
“From Tim’s point of view he just needs to get someone in – Anyone with any Champions League experience will look at Villa and think ‘they scraped up last year and they’ve lost their three best players’” he told talkSPORT.
Place trust in Sherwood
Sherwood definitely has a skill when it comes to talking to players and selling his vision and the club he represents.
If there’s a manager in the Premier League who can talk a player into a move then it’s Sherwood and the fans should trust him to get good calibre players in, which will improve the team’s chances of avoiding a difficult start to the new season.
It is important that Sherwood looks to try and get his business done quickly because the return of the Premier League is now just over two weeks away.
Players will need time to settle in at Villa Park and gel with the rest of the squad, as the club looks to get off to a decent start.